Preggo Girl’s WIAW #3

Peas and Crayons

It’s gonna be a nice long work day today, so my WIAW this week has been relegated to just the snakage. Well, breakfast and snackage.

Breakfast

Yogurt, Granola, Chia Seeds, and Bananas

Last week, after a very long hiatus we finally made it back out to Costco. In Korea, we had to go about once a month. This was mostly to do with the fact that we had a tiny refrigerator. But, probably more the reason, we had to carry that stuff home. Literally. On the bus. For about an hour. We would be pretty loaded down–each of us sporting a backpack and 1-2 Baggus. We do not miss that. Especially the summer trips in the middle of humidity hell. Imagine walking home with roughly 45 pounds strapped to you, through air that felt more like a warm swimming pool. Good times.

I digress. While we were at Costco this past week, we managed to snag a WHOLE CASE of this:

Snack #1

Dried, Salted Seaweed
What you may be thinking: Gross! Seaweed!

But you are wrong. This stuff is fan-freakin-tastic! Now, I don’t like sushi or “California” rolls. If you give me some kimpap, I will give it back to you. I don’t like my seaweed cooked or warmed. I like it dry, like the amazing and healthy snacks from the sea they’ve been packaged as. I discovered that I did in fact like seaweed while living in Korea. They give you the squares as a sort of appetizer in various restaurants. LOVE.

Lunch was BBQed turkey hot dogs with yellow mustard: boring, but delicious.

After proofing two readers for work, I made myself this mondo plate of yum:

Snack #2

Strawberries, Red Grapes, and Raw Almonds

On the dinner menu: More BBQ. Hamburgers this time. The joys of owning a grill are endless really.

**Question: What are you thoughts on frozen grapes? I’m thinking of freezing the rest of ours for use in future smoothies.**

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24 Weeks… The Sixth Month

As my last month of trimester numero dos gets underway, I’m reminded that during my first trimester, I really did not like being pregnant. I think the first 15-16 weeks were full of pain, worry, and morning sickness. I did not like it. This month–this trimester really–we’ve actually been giving more thought to a second baby…some day.

They say that the second trimester is the “honeymoon” stage in a woman’s pregnancy. I have loads more energy. I’m happier, and I’m feeling a lot better. But, alas, it’s nearly over. All too soon, I’ll be in the third trimester. The one where I’ll have a baby the size of a watermelon balancing on my tiny bladder–squashing it into submission.

24 Weeks!

I have to remind myself–and I haven’t really forgotten this, but it’s hard to stay focused on the prize when the getting there is so tumultuous–that in a few short months (October is surely creeping up on us like one of our stalking cats) we will have our little chicken, our little bundle of new person.

I have been listening to old episodes of The Pregtastic Podcast via iTunes the last week or so. They do have a lot of really great information about different things, such as prenatal exercise plans, doulas, baby screening, and gestational diabetes to name a few. It was (I think they are no longer transmitting) a weekly podcast which began in 2006.

At the beginning of each episode–at least the 20 or so I’ve heard so far–each woman introduces herself and subsequently lists her “two ups and two downs” for the week. These are, as the name implies, the good and the bad experiences for the week.

For my weekly/biweekly updates, I am going to start including my own two ups and two downs. This way, I can share my positive experiences as well as put out my negative ones for my readers to perhaps offer suggestions.

Two Ups:

1. In the last two weeks, the baby has become really active. So active, I can see my belly move. It’s very exciting. Last week the OB said he wouldn’t be making himself felt regularly until the following week (ie, this week). With all the movement, Jason STILL hasn’t felt anything. I’ve taken to recording my belly…

2. We have a plan and paint swatches for the nursery. We popped over to Home Depot last Thursday (because I randomly got paid a week early this month) and picked up the preliminary painting supplies Jason needed to get started. Rollers, brushes, drop cloth, bucket, etc. He then spent the evening removing all the face-plates from the electrical and phone outlets in the room and scraping off excess paint globs left from the rush paint job the previous owners did before selling. Now we’re pricing out the paint to see where we can find the best deal.

Two Downs:

1. I think I am getting pregnancy-related carpal tunnel. The last several nights I have been woken up in the middle of the night with my hands almost completely numb. Generally it’s in my right hand (my dominate hand), and I wake to that lovely sensation of pins and needles. My wrists are tight, and it’s hard to get full mobility in them… flexing is uncomfortable, as though I need to stretch it out for a good long time.

2. I have my 1-hour GD test coming up in about 2.5 weeks. I’m almost certain I’m going to fail, just because of my weight. Also, my maternal grandmother had geriatric diabetes, and while I’m only 31, it’s still “in my genes.” I guess we’ll have to wait on that one. I just want to get it over with!

**Question: What are your two ups and two downs this week (doesn’t have to be pregnancy related!)?**

Preggo Girl’s WIAW #2

Peas and Crayons

Aside from my WIAW shenanigans, today was muddled with work. And I worked a very long day in front of my computer analyzing manuscripts for a new project I’ve recently been assigned. The next task in said project is to rewrite the content and rearrange the layout. But I’m done (for now) with the analyzing, and my deadline isn’t until next Friday for the rewrite.

On to the FOOD!

Keeping this months WIAW theme (Sensible Snacking) in mind, as well as trying really hard at minimizing my pregnancy weight-gain, here is what I had to eat:

Breakfast

Quaker Oatmeal with PB, Half a Grapefruit, and Requisite H2O

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Lunch

98%FF Turkey Chili, Reduced Fat Cheddar, Matzos, Watered-Down Grape Juice

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Snack

ALMONDS!

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Dinner

Chicken & Bok Choy Stir-fry, Brown Rice, Pretzel Roll, More Water

I am currently working on another 20oz cup of water. Go me! Way to keep hydrated.

**Question: What are your healthy, go-to foods?**

Shut The Back Door

A few shots of the back yard. A work in progress. Come back next year, and it will look completely different.

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The grapes are coming in nicely.
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These are a different species of grape.
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A beautiful surprise.
Our awesome succulent display. Those dark ones in the front are from my bridal bouquet.
More succulents. I picked up the one in the planter from Trader Joe’s last year.
Not sure what these are, but the flowers close their petals at night.
Our creeper. It’s really filled out since we moved in.
Abner thinks it’s time to come back inside.

Shaping Up

No, this isn’t a post about how I’m getting more into shape (although I have been working on stretching more because it’s the only way my body will feel remotely normal–more on that in another post).

This post is about how the last, this, and next weeks are shaping up to be quite lovely, riddled with friends and family, and not too bogged down with messy adult things like our doctor dropping our insurance and not telling us until months later and AFTER we had an appointment with her, then billing us a bunch of money.

Last weekend, as you may recall, my dad was in town and my youngest girl cousin had her bat mitzvah. Jason and I even had an aliyah–well, mostly I did, but Jason came up and supported my off-key rendition of the Barchu. The good times continued at the reception later that night, where we had a yummy dinner and great conversations with my family. The only bad part was the fact that I’d been on my feet or sitting in an uncomfortable chair all day so my feet and ankles were amazingly swollen. I hear this is going to be a regular occurrence throughout the summer months. Hooray.

Our friends, Will and Nola, had their beautiful baby girl the day of our Baby Care Basics class at the end of last month. They had invited us to visit and meet her last week, but since my dad was in town, we just couldn’t swing it. They asked about this weekend, but unfortunately we were ‘booked’ already.

Friday night, my best friend and the maid of honor in my wedding was in town. So we met up at this place to meet her and her new boyfriend for dinner, tapas, and beer (Jason and Matt had beer, I had a sad version of a virgin margarita–they don’t do frozen drinks at all!).

Saturday, Jason was able to meet the baby (he’s reported back that even at three weeks, she is SUPER tiny) when he and Will went on an expedition up to Santa Fe to run errands and get in some shooting at a range up there. Meanwhile, Deb swung by, picked me up, and we spent the afternoon at The Baby Bear Store looking at cloth diaper options and Babies ‘R Us adding to the baby registry. It was really great to go with an already-mom who could offer suggestions and recommendations for things I would never have thought about. Like diaper rash ointments other than A&D and Desitin that apparently work much better. Because I registered online to begin, I picked up a swag bag full of baby literature and samples like this spectacularly tiny newborn’s diaper (I have a BIC pen beside it for an idea of just how small the diaper actually is)  and something called Butt Paste.

Jason and I met back at the house and were gone again to have dinner with our friends Jamie, Charlie, and Sebastian. Sebastian (about 15 months old) kept us well entertained while Jamie put the finishing touches on dinner: vegetarian breakfast pizza with cantaloupe for desert. We had a great time, and Jason has a new little buddy in Sebastian. They had fun playing with the farm animal magnet toy and making it sing to them so they could bust some moves. Jason also taught Sebastian a Korean word: 아니오 (ah-nee-oh) meaning “no” because everyone should know how to say no in multiple languages. The whole exchange was very sweet and Jason is going to be a great dad.

Today–happy Father’s Day by the way–Jason, my step-dad, and Jason’s friend Jesse are driving into the mountains to chop wood and look for treasure. Well, Jason and Jesse are chopping wood, and my step-dad Bruce is joining them so he can get in some metal-detecting time. I expect them to be quite sunburned and bringing home loads of fire wood later this afternoon. As a treat, my mom is coming over here so we can keep each other company (her birthday was Friday), watch chick flicks, and gossip.

Up next week is dinner with my cousin Mike and his wife at this place, then finally on Saturday, I’ll get to meet Will and Nola’s new baby. Since Nola just had her baby, she’s also able to give me some pointers and words of encouragement about my own upcoming birthing experience (less than 17 weeks away now!). At her suggestion, I’m going to check out:

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**Question: What are you doing for Father’s Day?**

This Preggo Girl’s WIAW

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve done one of these. But I have been telling Jason for a good long time that I want to start up again. Once a week of photographing my meals or super awesome eats isn’t too hard at all.

I’ve been eating pretty well these last few days, especially since my dad arrived last Thursday evening. He had a lot of food restrictions such as: no beef, no pork, no spice. As well as some strict food preferences: milk, eggs (not fried), canned fish (not fresh). So our plans for steak and carne adovada were squelched. And, because my dad wanted to get out and see stuff, I was able to get out of the house and move a lot more than I was prior to this past weekend.

The weekend was packed with a half-day trip up to the peak, my cousin’s bat mitzvah and subsequent reception, looking at 50+ years worth of family photos from my dad’s side and which I’d never seen before, and a jaunt in the petroglyphs. With all the being away from home time, I was forced to carry healthy snacks like almonds, carrots, and string cheese. And LOTS of water. I was able to better space out my meals and snacks in such a way that ever since, I’ve been keeping my energy up and staying well hydrated. I’m actually quite happy with myself.

Up to this point, I was eating pretty haphazardly. And not eating stuff that was the best nutritionally. I’m feeling good. I guess we’ll see how my OB appointment goes tomorrow.

Without further ado:

Peas and Crayons

Breakfast of instant (sorry all you die-hard real oatmeal fans, I needed an alternative today) oatmeal and fresh pineapple.

Lunch of left-over chicken and pasta bake and matzoh spread with Laughing Cow Light Swiss infused with garlic powder from our CSA crop share this week. The pasta dish was one of the things I made while my dad was here. He pretty much just ate the chicken. The pasta is spinach and tomato rotini with a nice marinara sauce thickened with low-fat cream cheese. The chicken was pan seared before I put it all together and baked.

Dinner of carne adovada. Since we weren’t able to cook this for my dad, we made it today! (Sorry for the recycled pic, today’s batch is still a’ cookin’)

**Question: What did you eat today?**

Baby Book Wish List

So, I’ve not truly invested in many baby books. We have the obligatory “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and a follow-up that Jason bought me on Mother’s Day called: Eating Well When You’re Expecting. I haven’t really read too much of the latter, because while I’m sure it’s chock-full of useful dietary insight, it’s not exactly geared toward me. By this I mean me, a prior-to-pregnancy plus-sized mother-to-be.

I find most resources for plus-sized pregnant ladies to be severely lacking. Most sources say to lose weight before conceiving. That’s nice. I wasn’t able to do that. Here I am, pregnant anyway, and the sources give me nothing. No words of advice other than “you’re high risk,” “beware of gestational diabetes,” and “you should absolutely only gain no more than 20 pounds…or else.” Not exactly supportive.

When Borders went out of business, Jason and I cleaned up on pregnancy lit… but we didn’t want to go too overboard. We picked up a ton of children’s books we’d never heard of, this WTE Pregnancy Journal (I use it to hold our sonogram pictures) and a book for Jason so he can read up on how to be more supportive and understanding of my newly acquired pregnancy brain. Jason also bought me (for Mother’s Day) this book by Jenny McCarthy. It’s pretty blunt, and very funny.

And of course, what pregnant lady would be complete without at least a dozen pregnancy magazines? Our OB sent us home after our first visit with a nice stack. I got more for Mother’s Day, and I even bought a subscription to one that boasts pregnancy and parenting (I’ve not actually received this mag in the mail yet, but they cashed my check, so any day now…).

But, the real purpose of this post is to generally talk about the lack of literature out there for plus-sized mommies-to-be. I found one book at amazon that speaks specifically to that end… ONE. The book does contain some additional websites, such as this one, that I had already checked out. Very helpful!

And it’s number one on my baby book wish list.

Number two is one that I heard about in our childbirth class and had been talked about by this blogger.

And, while I already found a lot of information (discussed here) about pets and new baby, I do want to find more information on that as well. Needless to say, I have things to read, and very little time to do it.